Beach Season

July 4th weekend marks the beginning of beach season.  You read about people living inland (read, Riverside) waking up at 4am just so that they can get to the beach at 5:30AM to get a prime parking spot at the beach.  Crazy if you ask me.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, J’s not a huge beach person (said something about sand in shorts and discomfort) so we’ve spared ourselves from joining in on the craziness and crowd.

The beach scene at Laguna beach at 10AM. The morning haze did not put a damper on the sun-bathers...

nor the paddle surfers.

However, we did spend the last 2 days at various beaches for different reasons.  We went for our usual long-run at HB yesterday (way too hot and sunny, forcing me to cut my run down by 1.5 miles), and went for a nice brunch at Laguna beach today.

At Brussels Bistro in Laguna Beach

Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for Brussels Bistro, most of the crowd opted for more traditional American fares, thus the empty dining room.

Their beer on tap. Going from left to right: Affligem Blonde, Maredsous (my favorite), Leffe Blonde, Chimay White.

Traditional dish: Belgium mussels - best part is sopping up the broth with bread.

Creamy vol au vent de poulet (chicken and puff pastry).

Gruyere hamburger.

We thought the food was pretty good, and would definitely go back to try other dishes.  The mussels were definitely one of the best, and if you like mussels you can have unlimited mussels for $24 Monday through Wednesday nights.

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2 Responses to Beach Season

  1. myblankeynme says:

    I wasn’t too impressed with Laguna Beach. Maybe because the show made it seem so nice and fancy. But in person, it didn’t look that nice. = 1.

    I like how you put the straight forward translation of vol au vent de poulet .

    • LY says:

      I’ve never seen the show so I don’t know what to expect. However, I agree that LB isn’t the best beach in OC. HB is by far the nicest stretch of beach here.

      Do you make vol au vent de poulet? How would you translate it?

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